YOU couldn’t move for lycra at Pembrey today, Saturday, (Aug 4) as cyclists from all over the country took part in the first event held on the newly constructed closed circuit cycling track.

There will be a series of cycling events over the weekend as Carmarthenshire prepares for the Grand Depart for the 2018 Tour of Britain.

The events have been organised by British Cycling and Carmarthenshire County Council.

Eagle eyed cyclists may have spotted the many green bicycles appearing along the roadsides and local councils including Pembrey and Burry Port and Kidwelly are already planning on sprucing up the towns, the roads and public buildings and for good reason.

Cycling has become one of the biggest growth sectors in the tourism and leisure industry. Thousands of people lined the route of the Tour of Yorkshire and crowds have become larger when cycle races have passed through Carmarthenshire in recent years. There is also the Geraint Thomas factor putting aside one L of a mistake on the sign congratulating him on his win.

A renewed velodrome at Carmarthen park and the ever present Bynea cycling club who have been time trialling and competing for as long as bicycles have been invented it seems, have ensured that the two wheeled phenomenon will continue in Carmarthenshire.

Photos: Courtesy of Byron Williams

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